Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower

MODERATE 94 reviews
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Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Asheville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.5 miles
347 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


4 hours ago

Had a great time. The view at the top is amazing!

6 days ago

Easy trail with a beautiful view.

12 days ago

I took a walk on this path today with my son. Its a decent gradual slope to the top. Its a pretty easy hike and the view from the top even if you don't climb the tower is beautiful. We did climb the tower and that view is even better. you can see clear to Brevard, Asheville, and Waynesville.

15 days ago

Incredible sunset from the top of the tower!

1 month ago

Meh. Short hike to some decent views. You can climb the stairs to the top of the tower but it freaked me out so only went up two flights!

2 months ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

I wanted to like this hike because it’s short and should have had great views from the fire tower. But the views aren’t as good as the Looking Glass pull off on the parkway just a mile to the west. My advice is shoot your pictures from that location and skip this hike

There is one good reason to take this hike and it’s wildflowers. From mid-May thru June there’s are some pretty wildflowers along the path that make the hike worth it. (Assuming you like taking wildflower pics) If you like wildflowers then I would give this hike a 3 star rating but only in late spring

2 months ago

I was near the end of a 200 mile day riding the motorcycle and thought it would be a good trail to hit to see sunset and it was wonderful for a short hike right off of the parkway.

5 months ago

LOVE this trail! It’s not too hard and the end view is beautiful, the tower is amazing! Totally worth it!

5 months ago

This is a fairly easy trail to hike. Steady climb but not difficult. Very nice views of the surroundings from the top.

6 months ago

Quick and easy hike to the top with one of the best views around

7 months ago

Nice, but the tower is locked, you can only look from the stairs.

7 months ago

Trail was an easy clear climb to the top. Fire tower was a really cool feature. Completely engulfed in clouds while I was there but it made it a very surreal experience to climb up the tower in a cloud.

7 months ago

Great for beginners and an awesome view! Beautiful for sunsets as well.

8 months ago

Beautiful views from the Fire Tower. Nice road with a steep ascent.

8 months ago

Great for a short evening hike, I recommend going close to sunset on a clear day!

8 months ago

A nice hike up a rough gravel road. You can climb up the tower a bit. The cell phone tower detracts a bit from the experience.

9 months ago

Started at Pisgah Campground for a moderate out and back of approx. 6 mi. Made a mistake at the gate up to the fire tower, should follow the road to the left not the crushed gravel path straight ahead.

11 months ago

Great view. Up a gravel road. You can't get into the lookout tower, but most of the way up. If it's rainy /cloudy, wait at least five minutes and you might be rewarded with an amazing view.

Trail from mount pisgah campground (1.3 miles each way) is VERY overgrown.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Easy, fun trail. Tower is a little dizzying at first but offers good views of the parkway and Mount Pisgah. It's starting to get really popular so I'd suggest hitting the trail early if you want some solitude.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The climb up is a little harder if you're out of shape like me but it's so worth it! It's the most beautiful I've seen from 360 degrees.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Follow the gravel road up a slight incline to the tower (the trail is not marked). Be prepared for the strong winds at the top! Amazing views await those brave enough to climb the stairs to the top!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Not really a hike, but that's ok because I just wanted to see the scenery tonight..quick 10-15 min walk up a gravel road to the tower area..the wind was insane and was shivering cold at the top of tower but the views were AMAZING!!! Deff worth checking out, not to mention the beautiful blue ridge parkway drive!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Great hike with an amazing view! Went with a group of friends around sunset and we all agreed it was one of the prettiest sunsets we'd ever witnessed. If you have the chance, make sure you get this hike in!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Love this hike! It's easy and straightforward and the views are amazing!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Nice Hike up to the Fire Tower. Some Great views of Mt. Pisgah. Hiking a road all the way in.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Very nice short hike and kid friendly. Forest service tower half way with terrific views. Loved it.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Frying pan! Been visiting this spot for years, and can always expect beautiful views from the trail and tower. The top is locked because I'm pretty sure the Forest Service still uses this tower.
But none the less, it's worth the mile and a half!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

So beautiful and pretty easy to find but the fire tower itself is a little rickety

Friday, October 21, 2016

Park at the pull off area by the gate just west of the Funnel Top Overlook around mile 409.5. As everyone says, the trail/road to the top is nothing spectacular. But you do get a nice little workout on the climb up. The platform area of the tower is locked, but you can get most of the way to the top. It is definitely worth it for that amazing 360 degree view!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

We hiked Frying Pan this morning. Basically you are hiking an old gravel road for about 3/4th mile uphill. There was not much to see on the way up except for the beautiful fall colors on the trees along the way. When you reach the summit there is a big TV transmission tower and a fire observation tower. You can climb the steps to the observation tower. It was a little breezy but the 360 views were quite awesome especially due to the vivid fall colors!

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